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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City

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icon11 to 13 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

On this New York to Washington DC tour, check out the nation’s capital in a day with all logistics, transport, and entrance fees included so you’re totally free to focus on the sights. Traveling by comfortable minivan or bus with a guide for commentary—another advantage over an independent trip—view landmarks including the White House and Washington Monument. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations)
  • Experience the signature sights of Washington DC on a day trip from NYC
  • Hassle-free way to see and learn about the US capital’s landmarks
  • See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and domed Capitol building
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See nearly all of DC's key attractions and spend time at the Air and Space Museum—a rare combo.
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Free Wi-Fi on bus only
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
330 W 42nd St , 330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

6:30 AM Departure In front of Port Authority side entrance Bus Terminal Building on 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue)

6:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This day trip to Washington DC from New York begins with a drive south through the East Coast states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland before arriving in the US capital.

When you arrive, start your DC sightseeing tour at Arlington Cemetery where you're free to visit JFK's gravesite. Then, take a drive through the city center to admire landmarks such as the domed Capitol building and White House before visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations). Finally, enjoy photo ops at some of DC’s most famous attractions near the National Mall—the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Finally, begin the trip back to NYC, where your tour ends.

Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House and the Capitol building for commentary and photo ops. However, please be aware that occasionally this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. If this occurs during your tour, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.

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Itinerary
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Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
Departing from New York and heading south, pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving at Washington DC's Capitol Hill. Here, your tour will start with a stop at Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Next, head further into Washington to see the Capitol, Senate, and White House, the heart of the US government. Your tour then continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials for exploration and pictures. Late in the afternoon, you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington for an early-evening arrival back in New York City. Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, Capitol, and Senate for commentary and photo ops. However, please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues. In the event of this occurring, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arlington National Cemetery
Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame. Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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White House
One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION - WE WILL RETURN TO AIR AND SPACE AS SOON AS IT RE-OPENS IN THE MEANTIME WE GO TO THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
We visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and visit the extremely popular "Deep Time" exhibit full of real dinosaur fossils including the T-REX and Triceratops. THIS MUSEUM IS A TEMPORARY ATTRACTION WHILE THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM IS CLOSED.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln Memorial
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted - wifi and restrooms on full size buses only.
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
  • In the event that parts of this itnerary remain inaccessable due to COVID 19 an alternate itinerary will be followed. Final details will be available prior to each departure. On our tours we use a wide variety of attractions which all have different policies regarding Covid 19. In order to enjoy the full experience of the tour it is recommended to bring a face covering as it may be required for entry at certain locations.
  • Air and space Museum is currently under renovations - entrance is not guaranteed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is hotel pickup included for the Washington DC Day Trip?
A:Hotel pickup is not available for this tour. You will have to make your own way to the meeting location listed in the 'Departure & Return" section above.
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Q:
Is parking available at the pickup point for the Washington DC Day Trip?
A:There is a parking lot available near the departure point (parking rates apply), however, it is highly recommended to utilize public transportation or a ride-share service.
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Q:
What type of vehicle is used for the Washington DC Day Trip?
A:Depending on the group size, you will travel in either a comfortable air-conditioned bus or van.
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Q:
Is Wifi available during the tour?
A:Wifi services are available on full-size coaches only. Mobile wifi is not designed to support streaming services.
Feb 2022
Q:
Can I bring an infant with me on the Washington DC Day Trip?
A:Children under 2 years old travel free as lap children with a paid adult who will be responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of any passengers on their reservation
Feb 2022
Q:
Do I have to advise that I will be bringing an infant ahead of time?
A:Yes - Please specify that you will be bringing an infant (along with infant age) in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
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Q:
Can I bring a stroller for my child?
A:Yes - Please notate that you will be bringing a stroller with approximate folded dimensions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout if you plan to bring one.
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Q:
Are car seats available for use during the Washington DC Day Trip?
A:Yes - If you require a car seat, please notate the request in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout. The local operator provides car seats but requires at least 24 hours notice.
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Q:
Is the Washington DC Day Trip available in languages other than English?
A:All tours are operated in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese; the requested language must be specified at the time of booking.
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Q:
Is smoking allowed on the Washington DC Day Trip??
A:Smoking is not permitted on the motorcoach. Stops are provided en route for smoke and bathroom breaks.
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Q:
What time will we arrive back in New York City at the end of the tour?
A:Tours are scheduled to arrive in NYC in the early evening. This is an estimated time only. Actual time may vary based upon local conditions, traffic, weather, etc.
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.

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  • "If you are short on time, this tour is a must." See review
  • "Very long day, plus 1.5 hr traffic accident delay, but still well worth it." See review
  • "Probably a bit long and boring for children, better suited to adults and perhaps teenagers with an interest in history." See review

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star-5
Fantastic trip
Darko_B
, Aug 2022
Fantastic trip and fantastic guide. Everything was great, Washington is a must visit. Our guide was knowledgable and helpful.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi! Thank you for an excellent review. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again. Stephanie, Empire Vacations
star-5
A good trip for newbies to DC
George_D
, Aug 2022
This has been a long day. The trip to DC takes 4h each way. We had good polyglot tour guides who accompanied the group during the whole day. Given that transfer takes 8h in total, it is obvious that for each off the sites there is not too much time. However, for people who are in NYC and have never been to DC, this is a good way to get a „starter package“ and return later to DC on their own for a longer stay. Excellent organisation and nice crew. I can just recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi George! Thank you for a wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC and that our guides provided such a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Stephanie, Empire Vacations
star-4
Excelent 👍👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Freddy_G
, Jul 2022
Good service , nice AC in the bus , the conductor very kind and I enjoy every single minute in this beautiful tour Thank you and blessings !!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Freddy! Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time during our tour. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again. Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
the lady in the bus was...
Terry_G
, Jul 2022
the lady in the bus was so great .. she is explain everything highly recommended...to everone goes to washington dc
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Terry! Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad that you had a great time in Washington DC. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We hope to host you again. Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
Great experience
Nelson_M
, Jul 2022
Great guide and everything on time. The guide knew the information very well. The tour team were attentive to the group always.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Nelson! Thank you for your review. We are glad that you had a wonderful time. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-4
Good trip, get to see the...
Joshua_L
, Jul 2022
Good trip, get to see the main things in 1 day. Bottles of chilled water should be provided on bus. Too hot in summer.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Joshua! Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and got to see al the main things that Washington DC has to offer. We look forward to hosting you again. Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
Great trip!
Joanne_F
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Bruno was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip to Washington was fun and the sites amazing! Well worth it!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Joanne! Thank you for an excellent review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC. We strive to provide a memorable experience and it makes us happy to know that our guide, Bruno, did an amazing job. We look forward to hosting you again in the future! Stephanie, Empire Vacations
star-4
Always learning
Patricia_M
, Jul 2022
Learning about American history, being able to visit various places in one day. Unfortunately there are other sites selling tickets for this trips and giving misleading information. Make sure that you buy from the sites that are legitimate. I miss the trip to Philadelphia for that reason, now I have to dispute the charges.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Patricia! Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and that our guide brought back to life Washington DC's history. We look forward to hosting you again!
star-5
Best Way to Experience DC
Alejandra_G
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience!! A memory to add to the list. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly❤️ The bus ride there was extremely safe and we were there on time. Everything was wonderful…very well planned and scheduled. I recommend to everyone 😊
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to serve you! Mike Amadeo Team
star-5
Washington day trip
Nigel_D
, Jul 2022
Brilliant trip tour guide Chris Knew his stuff from start to finish the trip was most enjoyable given plenty of free time plus just right amount guided given all the interesting facts we needed
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Nigel, You were brilliant passenger as well:) Thank you for traveling with us! Mike Amadeo Team
star-5
Great Day
Kevin_W
, Jul 2022
We had an excellent day in Washington DC. Our guide Chris was very professional. He passed on lots of information about Manhatten on our way out and at the stops. The day was long but there was lots to see and hear about. The coach was very comfortable with lots of leg room, it was definitely well worth the money
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Kevin, It was great having you! We love getting feedback about out guides. Also, we are glad you had an excellent day in Washington DC and that out team provided a memorable experience. We look forward to host you soon Mike Amadeo team
star-5
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christopher_n
, Jul 2022
great experience seeing Lincoln memorial, the white house and capital hill, needed more time so we could visit archive museum a lot of ques to see Magna Carta etc..........have plenty of water a long day well worth a visit..........
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for reviewing our trip. We are glad you enjoyed seeing the Lincoln Memorial. Our team strives to provide a memorable experience. Hopefully we'll meet soon! Mike Amadeo Team
star-5
Very nice experience!...
Ridge_I
, Jul 2022
Very nice experience! They deserve more than 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ That’s something to do every year
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Ridge, Thank you for your kind words! We are glad that our team provided a memorable experience. Mike Amadeo Team
star-5
Highly Recommend!
arti_t
, Jul 2022
A very well organized and planned day trip from NY. I was scared of the drive from/to NY/DC but it was very well managed. We had a stop every 1.5 - 2 hrs. At one stop we were about 20 mins late but the guide(Brian) and the driver were very patient. Thanks Brian! DC was very well covered in the day. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit DC from NY.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Arti, Thank you for traveling with us, We loved your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC and that our team provided a great experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Mike Amadeo Team
star-5
Thank you Brian
John
, Jun 2022
A great experience. Full of information that was factual and shared in a friendly manner. Our first and most memorial NYC tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi John! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your Tour ad that our guide provided a memorable and knowledgeable experience. Thank you for letting us be a part of this! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
Washington great day and experience!
DEBRA_K
, Jun 2022
Great day out at Washington. Arlington Cemetary is a must see and the White House and George Washington. Lots of statues and memorials to see and all fitted in to the day with plenty off time for photos.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Debra! Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad you enjoyed the visit to the Arlington Cemetery during your Washington DC trip. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again! Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
We had a wonderful...
Norma_F
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful experience. DC has so much history and beauty. Our guide (Brian) was extraordinarily informative and had such a wealth of knowledge in every subject aside the fact that he was multi-lingual (impressive).
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Norma! Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad our guide was able to bring Washington DC's history to life. We strive to provide great experience. We look forward to hosting you soon! Stephanie Empire Vacations
star-5
Great to see while in NYC
Paul_B
, Jun 2022
The whole day was fantastic from start to finish, well organised, informative and worthwhile. Only downer is too much to really see in a day, much more could have seen and spent more time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Paul, With wonderful customers like you, our job is a pure pleasure. Thanks Mike
star-4
Hassle free way to visit Washington from NYC
Heather_W
, Jun 2022
If you are on a tight schedule just want an easy way to see Washington DC, this is convenient option.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Heather, We would love to serve you again! Thanks Mike
star-5
Highly recommended
Fernando_M
, Jun 2022
It was was a really cool experience. Chris was great! Even though it was Memorial Day, we managed to see everything and go everywhere we were supposed to go. I really appreciated the open ended stop at the museum toward the end. Me and my friend chose to go check out the parade and the stuff around the Capitol instead, and meet up later. Another bonus, we saw the president on The Arlington cemetery, very cool!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Fernanda, It was a pleasure having you! Thanks Mike

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